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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

Fall trend alert :: Lace, leather and leopard

Casual Outfit Inspiration, Fall/Winter StyleLauren1 Comment
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skirt, Free People | top, Endless Rose | hat, Anthropologie | booties, Vince Camuto | sunglasses, Sonix | similar bagbracelet c/o Julie Vos | lip color, NYX in Toasted Marshmellow | photography by Heidi Geldhauser

Lace, leather and leopard print are three of my absolute favorite style elements to pull out each Fall. This year, each of these are particularly trending and I couldn't be more excited about it.

I put this outfit together for NYFW two weeks ago, and absolutely love every element of it!

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1. Leather. A skirt and/or jacket is a great way to incorporate leather as a practical way into your Fall wardrobe. I love this Free People leather skirt because it's stretchy, comfy, and has a belt attached that is super cute when you tuck in a blouse. It's so great that I also own it in black. {Normally Free People runs big, but in this skirt, I recommend sizing up one size.}

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2. Lace. Lace is a classic texture to incorporate into your wardrobe year-round. I always love the way lace looks paired with leather since it's adds a soft, feminine touch to the chic look of leather pieces.

This under-$100 lace top is one of my very favorite purchases so far this Fall. It's simply gorgeous and can be worn many different ways, including with jeans and layered under a vest. You can see another way I styled it during NYFW here.

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3. Leopard. Leopard shoes are always fabulous for Fall. This season the leopard bootie is a trending statement shoe, and also a very versatile one since leopard mixes with pretty much anything! This pair by Vince Camuto is affordable, comfortable and gorgeous in person.

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Last but not least, I had to share that I finally found a Fall hat that I love and that also fits my large head. Ha! In all seriousness, I always struggle to find a hat that fits comfortably and couldn't be more thrilled with this one! It's under $100 and the color is a perfect neutral to pair with anything. It's such a stylish way to cover up dirty/bad hair days, and I have been wearing it constantly.

Now if only the weather would start acting like Fall here in Atlanta, we'd be in business!

Also, for more style tips on pairing leather and lace, be sure to read this post I wrote last week.

Stylishly yours,

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Honest talk :: A lot less hate, a lot more love

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“She doesn’t dress very well.”

“She’s kind of a hot mess between the yellow hair, too short/too young looks and the open mouthed smiles.”

“She’s also extremely annoying on Instastories.”

“What an idiot!”

“I couldn’t believe she was prancing around Fashion Week like she knew anything about style.”

“All of her skirts and dresses are way too short for her thick legs.”

 

It was brought to my attention this past Sunday night that a new thread on a blogger “snarking” site was dedicated to me. It was started this past week and a dozen or so women have already jumped on the train of mocking me. The quotes above are just a few of the hateful comments I {regretfully} read. One of the nastiest comments came from an anonymous fellow blogger that said that she saw me in person at last week in NYC.

I’m not going to lie. Reading these comments stung. Bad.

I would like to pretend that I’m thick skinned and can turn away and not care what others say. But I am not. And I can’t.

Even though I put myself out there in curated photos on social media each day, I am still a human. I am still a woman.

I am not immune to feeling the crushing blow of judgment and undue criticism.

 

Why?

I am a 36 year old mother of two. I’ve struggled with my weight this year more than ever. When I look in the mirror, I don’t love what I see.

I’ve struggled with anxiety this year more than ever, trying to figure out how to balance marriage, motherhood, a growing and demanding business, friendships, travel, a dad undergoing cancer treatment and active, school-age twins {one struggling with anxiety, too}

I constantly feel like I am dropping balls, forgetting important to-do’s and late to appointments… and I give myself very little grace.

I have stretch marks on my stomach from carrying twins, which is I only only wear one-piece bathing suits. I hate my arms so that is why I prefer to show my legs. I have stubborn spots of melisma on my face that appeared during IVF treatments seven years ago and I loathe the discoloration when I am make-up free.

I worry each day that I am not doing enough. That I am not enough. I struggle with people pleasing and a fear of failure every day of my life.

I want to appear like I have my shit together.

But I don’t.

When I read these disapproving comments, it speaks to the lie within me that I really am not enough. That I need to be better, look better, do better...ultimately “pretend” better.

Judgment has a way of making us feel imprisoned as a lesser version of ourselves.

The reason I am writing this post, one that is quite different from my usual fashion and lifestyle posts, is because this isn’t just about me. This is about all of us women.

At the end of the day, don’t we all long to be fully known, flaws and all…and then loved and accepted right there?!

You see, as much as we fight against racism, sexism and bullying in our society, we are acting with the same kind of evil when we cut down our fellow sister.

When my blogger friends are publically ridiculed in vulgar terms about their children’s style, their parenting, their weight, their style choices, their wrinkles and God-given body and facial features, it is nothing short of hateful and wrong.

When my stay-at-home mom friends are shamed for not “doing enough” and my career-driven friends are criticized for over-achieving and working too much, it is hateful and wrong.

When my curvy friends are told they need to lose weight and my lean friends are told they need to bulk up, it is hateful and wrong.

When a woman tells another woman she needs to change ANYTHING about herself in order to be loved and accepted, it so ALL SO WRONG.

Especially in a world already filled with so much hate.

This is for ALL of us women :: the mothers, career builders, nurturers, creators, wives, sisters, daughters, friends. We all struggle. We all look in the mirror and focus on our flaws.

We are all haunted…daily…by the feeling that we aren’t enough. Not thin enough, not rich enough, not popular enough, not fun enough, not smart enough, not brave enough, not successful enough, not sexy enough.

So, if we all struggle with the same feelings, why on earth do we fail so miserably at loving and supporting one another?!

God knows none of us needs any more judgment or criticism than we heap on our own selves,,.so can we stop the hateful comments and negativity?! Can’t we instead start supporting, encouraging, embracing, loving and giving each other grace?

It’s about time we stop the judgment. Stop the gossip. Stop the hate.

We have the power to lessen the load of hate in our society if we start among ourselves.

We have the power to help raise a generation of women supporting women.

It’s about time we start looking at other women in the eye, to attempt to see her for who she is and have compassion on her untold story.

It’s about time we give a little more grace. A little more grace to another than we might give ourselves.

A smile, an unexpected compliment, a helping hand, a gracious response. It can make all the difference.  It might even change someone’s world.

A lot less hate. A lot more love.

When the tide rises, all ships sail.

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Creating the Perfect Wall Grouping

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items listed left to right, top to bottom :: metal flower | flower canvas | gold burst trio | gold burst | metal square | sunburst mirror | graphic wall art | shelf

Happy Monday! I'm excited, as always, for the opportunity to team up with Home Depot for this post. Today I'm sharing my tips for creating the perfect wall gallery. 

I am currently in process of redecorating my home, room by room, and so these tips are coming from projects that I am planning out and beginning to work on. I've had so much fun shopping Home Depot's amazing Wall Decor selection!

If you are like me, you likely may have a Pinterest board full of wall gallery inspiration. I always love how a gallery adds a personal touch to a room, and becomes a focal point of a space. I am particularly drawn to groupings that mix old and new, sentimental pieces with stunning decor as well as mixed textures and metallics.

Another thing that makes creating a grouping extra fun is that it can be added to over time, as you collect new pieces. I like the fact that a gallery is never technically “finished” and always ready to be changed or added to!

My Three Tips on Creating the Perfect Wall Grouping ::

1. Size and Scale. Select pieces that are different sizes and scales. Unless you are creating a uniform photo gallery, shy away from pieces that are too similar in size. If the space is large and blank, don’t be afraid to go big with the grouping! The bigger the grouping and objects within it, the more statement it will make.

Royal Leaf Sunburst 28 in. H x 27.5 in. W Round Framed Mirror

2.  Shapes. Incorporating many different shapes adds interest to a grouping. Try to incorporate both squares and rectangles as well as circles and oval shapes. Sunbursts and star shapes always look fabulous mixed in to a gallery. I absolutely love the unique shape of this Safavieh Royal Leaf Sunburst Mirror {pictured above} and how it adds a “glam” touch to any wall mix. The Stratton Home Décor Gold Burst included in the collage also adds a punch of unexpected shape and texture.

Amaryllis Metal Wall Decor in Distressed Cream

3. Textures and Finishes. Diversifying textures and finishes adds visual interest to a grouping. Consider mixing canvas art, metallics, wood art, mirrors and baskets into a gallery.  I love how the Three Hands floral metal wall art pictured incorporates mixed metals, and that the Home Decorators Collection Amaryllis Metal Wall Décor provides another texture while appearing antique.

A few additional tips to consider when hanging wall art::

1.  Switch up canvas art. A lot of canvases, including the Yosemite Home Decor “Full Flower” canvas {pictured below} and the Trademark Fine Art “Island Hues” graphic canvas {pictured in collage}, can be hung either horizontally or vertically. Play around with which direction fits best.

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2. Continuity of shapes and patterns. Consider that a gallery can contain a similar grouping of three similar objects, like these Home Decorators Collection Metal Star Bursts. This is also a great way to showcase a trio of baskets or similar mementos and to fill in a larger space while adding texture at the same time.

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3Add a shelf. Adding a shelf to a grouping adds dimension, as well as visual interest. Use shelf to lean a photo or piece of art, as well as to create a grouping of objects on top.  The Lewis Hyman floating shelf pictured comes in several widths and is very versatile.

Last but not least, add personal photos into the mix. A grouping is a perfect way to display cherished photos and mementos on your walls where you can appreciate them everyday.

And one last tip :: Be sure to take the time to lay out your gallery on the floor before hanging. Take measurements and play around with the layout before starting to put nail holes in the wall. {I may or may not know this from personal experience!}

Be creative, have fun and get ready to enjoy creating a statement wall in your home that's sure to become a discussion piece for years to come! Be sure to check out Home Depot's Wall Decor selection for literally everything you need to create the perfect wall gallery.

Stylishly yours,

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P.S. If you are not yet following me on Pinterest @laurenlefevre, head on over for lots of home decor + personal style inspiration. I've been pinning up a storm lately! 

Thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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